As with the hotels, the restaurant opening dates are all subject to change. But hopefully we won’t go hungry and will get to report back on these fine establishments before February. Play along! Feel free to print this list out and grade each restaurant’s ability to open on time.
· Ed’s Chowder House: at the Empire Hotel. China Grill/Asia de Cuba guru Jeffrey Chodorow and eighty one chef Ed Brown get all New England on the Upper West Side.
· The Garden: in the Four Seasons New York lobby. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, and at night the space will become a wine bar with 200 available by the glass. (Small plates will also be on the nighttime menu.) The table to nab will be the one under the 15-foot wine wall.
· Café Gitane: at The Jane Hotel. If the line at the NoLita outpost of this popular French-Morrocan café is too long, just head west to get your couscous fix. Specialty cocktails will include spiked watermelon iced tea, and a fresh cucumber juice, mint, vodka, and Lillet champagne concoction.
· Breslin Bar & Dining Room: At The Ace Hotel. From the folks behind the Spotted Pig and John Dory.
· East Side Social Club: at The Pod Hotel. The look will be old-school Italian-American social club, and the menu New American with an Italian twist. Social snapper Patrick McMullan is a co-owner so expect to dine with bold-faced names.
· Maialino: at the Gramercy Park Hotel. The front space will be a local coffee bar by day and a wine bar by night. The trattoria beyond the bar will serve traditional Roman fare in a wood-planked room overlooking the park. The new restaurant will be ruled by executive chef Nick Anderer (formerly executive sous chef at the Gramercy Tavern), and comes with the obligatory GPH private dining room.
Unnamed David Chang Restaurant: At the Chambers Hotel. French-Vietnamese from the Momofuku team.
· Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: at the Trump SoHo. Yes, Donald’s getting into the Italian revival, too, banking on the success of the Miami Quattro, where the kitchen is manned by identical twin chefs. Here’s hoping they make the trip north.